Fatigue during chainsaw use leads to close call

Safety Alert Type: 
Bucking and Limbing
Tulip Creek, west Kootenays
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Cabin Forestry Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

A worker became extremely tired with prolonged chainsaw use. After delimbing a branch, worker let his arms down while the chain was still turning and coming to idle.

A section of chain near the base of the bar hit the chainsaw chaps on his upper thigh and produced an 11 cm rip into the protective material within (see picture in attached pdf).

Worker did not sustain any injuries from the incident.

Learnings and Suggestions: 

Recommended Preventative Actions

  • Always wear PPE
  • Be aware of the dangers of fatigue and meeting production expectations
  • Maintain proper nutrition, hydration and adequate sleep
  • Recognize and acknowledge inadequate physical abilities when operating saws
  • Take rest breaks when needed
  • Promote good posture and chainsaw techniques
  • Review chainsaw training prior to operation for new or returning operators


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kevin Chau – Cabin Forestry Services, Vernon, B.C. Phone: (778) 475-3655 Email: kchau@cabinforestry.com

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